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- Posted on 11/26/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Last night on Degrassi, Zo� tried to maintain control over the Power Cheer squad, Eli grappled with whether or not he could be with Clare, and Becky looked for an excuse to not visit her brother in juvie. If you haven't seen "There's Your Trouble" yet, watch it online, read our juicy play-by-play recap and join the conversation!
I'M THE CAPTAIN
As captain of Power Cheer, Zo� was determined to crush the competition. She took it upon herself to buy expensive new equipment with the #oomfCHAT money claiming that, if they wanted to win, they had to train hard.
"But that money was spoken for," Frankie pointed out. Zo�'s shopping spree meant that the team would have to continue sending nudes to make up for the money spent. Ugh. And seeing as Frankie already had some major problems with the scheme, Zo� was in deep water.
So, she returned to her once-adoring squad bearing gifts and an apology for misusing the team's funds. She begged for their forgiveness because, after all, all she ever wanted was to be the captain of an awesome cheer squad and help undo some of the ugliness from her past...
Like clockwork, the team bought it.
Zo� once again had the team wrapped around her finger, and when they found out that Frankie hadn't been sending her fair share of #oomfCHATs, Zo� gave her an ultimatum: "You need to do your part, or you're no longer welcome on this squad," she said.
"I guess I quit," Frankie tearfully replied.
Becky wasn't ready to visit her brother in juvenile detention, so she decided auditioning for a band would be the perfect excuse. Jonah, the guy-liner-wearing, punk-rock-playing leader of the band seemed like Becky's total opposite, but Becky was determined to keep busy. And despite being out of her comfort zone, she warmed up her pipes and went for it anyway.
Unfortunately, Jonah made it clear that "blond and bubbly" wasn't exactly what Prodigal Spoon was looking for. Becky had botched the audition, and the poor girl was mortified.
As she walked out of the audition, Becky spilled her backpack. And without her realizing, Jonah picked up a letter that her brother Luke had written from prison. Jonah approached Becky about the letter and, after quoting a Bible verse about forgiveness, Becky realized that they may have more in common than she thought.
Perhaps at the suggestion of Jonah, Becky decided to visit Luke after all. But as they talked, she quickly realized just how much damage her brother had done and how, in a lot of ways, it felt irreversible. "My life sucks now," she said. "And it's all your fault."
Back at Degrassi, Becky ran into Jonah again. Turns out, her audition made a lasting impression on him. She had something "undeniable," he said, and suggested they team up.
So... Becky made the band and a new friend? Are things finally looking up?
STILL NOT TALKING TO YOU, DREW
Eli had to decide whether or not he could have a relationship with Clare while Drew, her baby's father, was in the picture. He made an effort to spend time with Clare, but Drew kept getting in the way. Exhibit A: When he dropped by Degrassi to see Clare, she was already talking to Drew. Exhibit B: When he planned a sushi date by the picnic tables, Drew barreled in, playing the father card.
Eli's frustration finally erupted when he punched Drew in the jaw. (I KNOW, RIGHT?! Holy moly.) The whole pregnancy situation felt inescapable (because it was...) and Eli's anger turned physical.
But after he fist-to-faced it with Drew, Eli soon realized that it wasn't Drew who was at fault; it was Clare. She was the one who had gotten them into this mess, and he still wasn't sure they could get out.
Oy. *moment of silence for the fate of EClare*
Was Frankie right to quit the Power Cheer squad? Will Zo� see the flaws in her plan? Will Becky find an unlikely friend in Jonah? Are EClare really strong enough to make it through this pregnancy? Tell us now, tell us true.
- Posted on 11/25/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
TeenNick fans, we have news. Actually, we have really big news. The kind of news that's gonna make you want to fast forward in time.
This January, we're bringing you a brand new show called Open Heart. It's a thrilling drama series that tells the story of Dylan Blake, a rebellious daughter in a family of doctors who has to solve one giant family mystery.
When a run-in with the law lands Dylan community service at Open Heart Memorial Hospital, she uses her volunteer position to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. And even though she's surrounded by a family of doctors and good friends, Dylan is determined to unravel the secrets of Open Heart Memorial Hospital� all while trying to find her place in the world.
Newcomer Karis Cameron will play the role of Dylan Blake and Degrassi's Cristine Prosperi and Justin Kelly will join the mystery-solving team as Dylan's friends! For more information, "Like" Open Heart on Facebook and follow @openheart_tv on Twitter!
Get ready, because this is a drama with a pulse. Open Heart is going to be adventurous and addicting. And we can't wait.
- Posted on 11/19/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Are you there, Degrassians? Your loyal stewards of all things capital-D Dramatic, here. There is much to discuss from last night's episode, so if you haven't seen "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" check it out online before reading our recap below!
DITCHED BY MILES
Winston started feeling left out by Miles ever since Tristan came into the picture, so he decided to demand some quality time with his best-bro over an epic video game battle.
But when Tristan crashed their bro-date, Winston kinda flipped out: "Everything was so much better before you got here," he said. And Tristan was like, "Wha???"
So Miles had to address the situation: He thought Chewy was being a little bit of a jerk, but he understood why he was acting out. Miles' new relationship was confusing to Chewy, and even though Chewy still had some questions about what it all meant, Miles made it clear that no one was going to replace his best friend.
BOW DOWN, NOVAK
Over in the rubber room, Zig lost an arm-wrestle challenge to Grace. He was swiftly humiliated and Tiny happened capture the whole thing on film, looping it into eternity as a GIF.
So Zig and the gang got some poutine (a seriously delicious Canadian dish made with french, gravy and cheese curds) and brainstormed his redemption. Grace challenged Zig to get a home tattoo and, lest his masculinity be compromised, Zig agreed. (Seriously, when will it not be a big deal for a girl to whoop a guy's tush?!)
But just as Grace was about to place the needle on his skin, everyone realized that it was a pretty awful idea. Turns out, Grace just wanted Zig to have the guts to say it himself. (And thank goodness he did, because we all know Grace had no idea what she was doing!)
MAYBE WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS, TOO
Clare was nervous to tell Eli about her pregnancy since he seemed optimistic about their future together. She wasn't sure how he'd react to the news, so she had to find the perfect words.
But then Drew's mom found out about Clare's situation with her son. Clare began to feel overwhelmed when the moms started planning her baby's life for her. She was convinced that her pregnancy wasn't going to drastically change her future plans � she believed that going to school and being with Eli was still possible � but she soon realized her world was going to turn upside down.
Clare finally told Eli (awkwardly, in front of Drew� and Dallas� and Alli) and it didn't go quite as swimmingly as she would have hoped. When Eli realized that not only was Clare pregnant, but that it was Drew's baby, he was dumbfounded. "Everything has changed," he said, and he tearfully rejected her before walking away.
Do you think Eli will be able to forgive Clare? Is Clare being a little na�ve about how her the pregnancy will affect her relationships? What about Miles and Chewy? Can their friendship withstand the challenges of a significant other? You know we want to hear from you, so sound off in the comments!
- Posted on 11/17/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Thanksgiving is about a lot of things: turkey trimmings, your Grandma's famous stuffing, all pumpkin everything... But most importantly, it's a time to remember all of the things we're grateful for in life. And with the help of some TeenNick characters, we thought we'd celebrate a few of those things that make us thankful every day.
Wisdom of the '90s, such as Vital Information with Lori Beth Denberg.
Or mini French lessons with Pierre Escargot.
If you're going through a hard time, friends are there to help pick up the pieces.
And if you're really feeling down, the hilarity of a mustard and crouton shower give you a good laugh.
Ummmm... this. Who remembers this heck-of-a-moment?
A good hug. Really, is there anything better?
Finding true love... Even if it took forever to get there.
And finally, no matter how crazy your family is, you love 'em anyway. Hug me, BROTHA!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Don't forget to catch all of your besties during TeenNick's Friendsgiving starting Monday, November 24th at 9pm. Tori, Carly, Zoey, Big Time Rush -- the whole gang will be there!
- Posted on 11/12/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Show of hands: Who tuned in to last night's all-new Degrassi and subsequently felt all the feels because this show just continues to surprise your pants off? *Reaches palms to the sky* "If You Could Only See" took us on another wild ride and if you haven't seen it yet, catch up online before reading out recap below!
Maya began to worry about Miles. His family situation seemed to be affecting his well-being and Maya, whether or not she still has feelings for Miles, couldn't let it go. In fact, she became so concerned that he might hurt himself, she cried out in the middle of class after a nightmare in which she imagined Miles jumping from a balcony. Oof.
Ms. Grell called Ms. Matlin about Maya's outburst... and to make matters even more complicated, Maya's mom contacted Miles' parents.
When Miles found out about Ms. Matlin's concerned phone call, he was not happy. He accused Maya of meddling with bad intentions and clinging to the past: "Get over me, Maya," he said, "And stay the hell out of my life."
OKAY WITH COMPLICATED
Since breaking up with Drew, Becky decided she was ready for someone new. She turned to the ever-promising Interwebs to secure a date for the Roller Derby with Jack and Imogen and when the digital powers-that-be found her match, he seemed perfect: Responsible, strong faith, good values. What could go wrong?
But after just a few hours on their first date, Becky realized that even though they were a perfect match on paper, it was not working out IRL. She wasn't the impossibly "bubbly" girl she used to be and the guy who may have been perfect for her a few months ago was now... annoying. So it seemed like her match made in heaven might be harder to find than she thought.
But when Becky wobbled home on her post-Power-Cheer crutches, she bumped into ex-BF Drew� and it was clear they still had some unfinished business.
Drew may have a serious situation on his hands with Clare and her pregnancy, but Becky realized that he was worth the complication. #Drecky is not over.
After an awkward walk-in between Frankie, Winston and almost the entire Hollingsworth family, Frankie set out to prove to that she deserved to be treated with the same amount of freedom and independence as her brothers.
And when Frankie expressed her feelings to her teammates about the double standard between guys and girls, Zo� was inspired to turn their frustration into a fundraiser. Girls were putting themselves in compromising positions on oomfCHAT and getting nothing but trouble in return.
But sending nude pictures for money wasn't exactly what Frankie had in mind. Frankie wanted to take back the narrative, expose the vicious differences between what girls and guys are expected to do � not sell her body.
Back at home, however, Frankie's mom reinforced the double standard she was trying to fight by insisting she wear modest clothes to her dad's campaign event. It was the last straw for Frankie, and in a bout of frustration she did something she won't be able to take back: She took a topless picture of herself and sent it to Degrassi Nudes.
And now we give the floor to you, faithful Degrassians. Will Frankie regret taking that picture? Do you see some flaws in Zo�'s idea of empowerment? Was Miles too harsh on Maya? Will Drew and Becky stay strong? Go for it in the comments.
- Posted on 11/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
It's week two in a brand new season of Degrassi and we have a lot to discuss! During the Season Premiere, we learned that Clare decided to keep the baby, #Triles got caught in the middle of Hollingsworth family drama and Zo�, well, Zo�d her way onto the Power Cheer squad. What's up this week? If you haven't seen "Wise Up" yet, watch it online before reading our recap below!
IN A BETTER PLACE
After Miles went on-record to call his father a homophobe, Mr. H decided to take Miles golfing to presumably work things out. It turns out, however, that Mr. H was just trying to stage a reconciliation to show the papers that he was once again on good terms with his son. When Miles realized what was going on, he ran off frustrated and disappointed.
Back at the Hollingsworth house, Miles and his dad got into another heated argument. But this time, Mr. H. shoved Miles into a wall.
And realizing that his behavior was not OK, that his unacceptable actions had turned into physical abuse, he bribed Miles with a new car.
Back at Degrassi, Tristan thought that Miles was just using him to anger his dad. Miles was unwilling to jeopardize another relationship in his life, so he made a peace offering to Tristan, which included a dinner invitation and a ride in his new car.
Apology accepted... but are there some bigger issues at play? We can't ignore what happened between Miles and his dad.
OFF THE HOOK
After learning that Clare planned to keep her baby, Drew was totally distraught over his uncertain future. He tried to talk Clare out of going through with the pregnancy, citing his immaturity as a major reason it probably wasn't a good idea for them to have a baby together. But Clare, headstrong in her ways, just said she didn't need Drew to be involved.
And unsurprisingly, Drew thought he was off the hook.
Dallas, being a teen father himself, gave Drew some tough love about what it actually meant to be off the hook: By letting Clare raise the baby alone, he would still be a father� just a lousy one. Drew felt caught between warring opinions and a desire to do the right thing, but also didn't want to turn his life upside down. So he tried to lean on his girlfriend Becky for support.
But considering how the whole ordeal had put her in a very difficult situation, Becky decided she couldn't help him clean up his mess.
Zo� discovered several #oomfCHAT pictures of nude Niners on Zig's phone and was not pleased that Zig was so casual about the dismaying and troubling messages. Since they weren't officially dating, Zig didn't seem to see the problem. But just when Grace had knocked some sense into him and convinced him to delete the app, he got one of the very same oomfCHATs from Zo�. Ugh, twist.
Zig tried to tell Zo� she didn't need to send him compromising pictures, but Zo� took it personally and accused Zig of judging her. After everything that happened with the sexual assault trial, Zo� wanted to make it clear that she didn't need to be sheltered. She didn't need Zig telling her what to do with her body.
And even a grand (shirtless) apology couldn't change her mind.
Things are rumbling at Degrassi. What say you, dedicated fans? Are Zig and Zo� over before they ever really started? Is Zo� asserting her strength and independence in the right way? Has Miles really forgiven his Dad for what he did? Will Drew be able to step up to the plate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
If you or a friend is confronting a situation similar to Miles, Joyful Heart Foundation has resources and links to other organizations that may be helpful. As always, please remember you are not alone.
- Posted on 10/29/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Welcome back, Degrassians! Last night, we kicked off a brand new season of Degrassi as our fave guys and gals returned for their final term (and brought a bunch of drama back with 'em). If you haven't seen the season premiere yet, watch "Smells Like Teen Spirit" online and then read our recap below!
THERE'S A LITTLE PERSON INSIDE OF ME
After Clare discovered she was pregnant, she had to figure out how it would affect her future. Drew didn't understand why Clare continued to avoid him until he realized that he, apparently, had gotten her pregnant. Upset and confused, Clare decided she would get an abortion. And Drew (who just started dating Becky like, a second ago) was relieved for obvious reasons.
But then, Clare found out that her becoming pregnant after cancer was somewhat of a miracle. As a cancer survivor, her chances of being able to conceive were slim� but she was living proof that it was possible. In her head, an abortion sounded right, but in her heart she couldn't go through with it.
Just as swiftly as she resolved to get the procedure, Clare decided she would keep the baby. And Drew was back in the hot seat.
Oh, and just in case there wasn't enough to handle already, Clare found out she got into Columbia. In New York. Where Eli lives.
This roller coaster is about to get real.
YOU'RE A DISTRACTION
As captain of the Power Cheer team, Becky decided that after Zo�'s sexual assault trial against her brother, she didn't want Zo� cheering by her side.
The only problem was super-tumbler Zo� had a stellar try-out and kinda deserved to be on the squad.
And when Becky told Zo� she didn't make the cut, Zo� was upset, confused and (surprise!) a little vengeful.
Zo� happened to overhear Clare's pregnancy news, and decided to use it against Becky (the potential baby daddy's girlfriend, remember) in a famous Zo� Rivas stunt. She blurted out Drew's exciting news during Becky's performance, which sent Becky tumbling to the cold hard ground wondering� How ??? And why?? And what?! Her brand-new BF was going to be a dad?! Broken heart. Broken ankle.
And suddenly, a spot for Zo� opened up on the team.
TRILES AND TRIBULATIONS
Now that Miles and Tristan have gotten together, it didn't take long for Miles to stir up some tension with his family. Mr. H. wasn't so sure Miles' new relationship was the best thing for his campaign, and Miles wasn't so sure he cared.
When a campaign reporter asked Miles to share some of his father's words of wisdom, he facetiously relayed his father's motto: "Being gay is ridiculous."
And the first stone has been thrown (or, like, the fortieth). But we have to wonder, is Miles' relationship with Tristan just a ploy to provoke his father? Or are his feelings for Tris real?
What did you think of the Season 14 premiere? Will Clare figure out a plan for her baby? Will Drew be a part of it? Can Zo� and Becky both get what they want? Does Miles care more about sabotaging his father's campaign than he does about his new BF? Get to talkin' in the comments!
- Posted on 10/21/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Here we go, Degrassians. A new season is fast approaching (coughONEWEEKcough), and we can hardly contain our hopes, dreams and predictions for our favorite group of high-drama high schoolers. We know it's been a while since you've walked the hallowed blue and yellow halls, so while you're catching up on the latest full episodes (we repeat: FULL EPISODES!) from last season, here are six things you need to need to know before an all-new Degrassi premieres on October 28th at 9pm ET.
6. CLARE DUMPED ELI SO SHE AND DREW COULD GET TOGETHER
Yeah, we all thought EClare were soul mates, too. Clare called it quits with her longtime love Eli so she could see where things would go with her Prez, Drew Torres. Little did she know...
5. DREW DITCHED CLARE BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE A 'REBOUND'
First, she had two boys. Now she has zero boys.
THEN CLARE WENT TO NEW YORK AND BUMPED INTO ELI
And it turned out she may have some unfinished business with her ex-boyfriend, after all.
BUT WAIT... CLARE IS WHAT?!?!?!
The phone call that will live in infamy: "Everything looks A-OK for you and your baby." Yes, Clare is pregnant. And we know you've got a lot of questions.
4. DREW AND BECKY ARE TOGETHER
A steamy kiss while trapped in the boiler room began what we will heretofore call #Drecky. They've decided to take it slowly, but will they actually be able to get their feet off the ground?
3. OH, AND THERE ARE SOME MORE NEW COUPLES
Jack and Imogen...
Their mutual quirkiness seems like a match made in heaven. Nothing can stop them... we think.
Alli and Dallas...
#Bhandallas, if you will. Grade 12 and on top of the world. Their future is bright, right?
2. ZIG'S FRESH START
Zig is trying to break away from the gang world. He wants to turn his life around once and for all.
1. AND FINALLY, #TRILES.
In case you didn't hear, Miles and Tristan got together. And it might be more than just a one-time thing. But based on Miles' track record, do you think it will last?
We are SO excited for the new season of Degrassi! Are you ready?! Don't forget to catch up on all the latest episodes right here and tune in October 28th at 9pm ET for the season premiere!
- Posted on 07/30/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
Is it really true? We've wrapped up another season of Degrassi? It feels like just yesterday we met Zoe, Winston and Miles for the first time, but it sure has been a wild ride! And last night's one-hour finale was no exception, as a storm caused a dramatic downpour at the Degrassi dance (say that three times fast) and made us really, really excited for Season 14. Hopefully you've caught up on "Thunderstruck" Parts 1 & 2 online because we have lots to discuss!
Because of someone named Shmaya Shmatlin, both Miles and Tristan decided to skip the dance. Instead, they set out to have the Best Bro Date Ever at Miles' house. But when the power went out in the midst of the thunderstorm, Miles, Tristan, Frankie and Winston decided it was time for an epic game of Murder. But the game really started to heat up when Miles found Tristan's hiding place and Tristan said, "Come any closer, and I'll kiss you."
Miles said, "Go ahead."
Since Becky was having a hard time in the aftermath of the trial, Drew swooped in to comfort her. It wasn't really clear whether or not he was interested in her as more than a friend, but once the storm unleashed its wrath upon campus, thiiiiings started to happen.
While the whole school took shelter, Becky freaked everyone out by hiding out alone in the boiler room. When Drew finally found her there, the door locked behind them and they were trapped. A mysterious toxic gas started to leak from one the pipes (LOL "Did you fart?") and it started going to their heads.
One thing lead to another, and they kissed. ...Becky and Drew kissed.
Meanwhile, Maya went to war with Zoe about everything that had happened in the past few months. She drunkenly accused Zoe of stealing all her "people" (Tristan... Miles... Zig...) and ran away into the storm in a fit of anger. But it seemed like Zoe, after everything that happened between them, genuinely wanted to work it out. So she followed her into the tempest.
The storm was so violent, however, that Zoe had to break into The Dot so she and Maya could take cover. It was kind of a blessing in disguise, though, because being trapped together finally gave 'em an opportunity to work it out. Yep, Zoe and Maya decided to be on the same team for once (...and we're so glad because they harmonize realllllly well together).
In New York, Clare soaked up the city before her Columbia interview. After exploring the sights and roaming the different NYC neighborhoods, nothing could bring her down.
Until something did.
What Clare thought was a fateful Eli-spotting brought her face-to-face with a pole and landed her in the Emergency Room. Her admissions interview would have to wait.
Which brings us to this. Clare got her interview rescheduled for the morning, and in need of a place to crash for the night, she called Eli. After everything that happened with Drew this year, the two had a heck of a lot to work out. But as it turns out, a mature conversation was all it took to patch things up.
In fact, after Clare aced her interview the next day (YAY!), Eli confessed what every single Eclare fan hoped he would confess.
"I'm not over you." *Gasp* Things were starting to look up for Clare, and a promising future seemed totally attainable.
...Until she got a call from the hospital. After her routine blood work, Clare found out that she and her, um, baby were going to be just fine.
Well, Season 14, here we come!
By the way, #Triles may be more than a one time thing.
Oh and #Brew? That might be a thing now, too.
What were your reactions to this game-changing finale? Could these new romances last? Will Clare be able to deal with this life-changing news? Shout it out in the comments!
- Posted on 07/22/2014 by TeenNickBlogger
It's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of the chapter, but that doesn't mean the Degrassi drama is slowing down one bit! If you haven't seen "Believe Pt. 2", watch it online and then read our recap!
Maya and Miles started getting re-cozy, but Miles was nervous that his testimony in court would shake things up (again). Remember when he almost kissed Zoe at his fateful party? Well, Maya didn't. And sooner or later, she was going to find out.
When Winston took the stand, he testified that Miles and Zoe were about to fool around before Zoe passed out.
And Maya decided she had had enough.
Meanwhile, a gossip TV segment that was released surrounding the trial revealed that Zoe was actually booted from West Drive for pill popping. She was trying to move on from the trial by focusing on her audition, but this new video launched a disastrous wrench into her plan. Now the whole world knew her little secret.
As the video started to spread, things went from bad to worse. And when Zoe didn't know where to turn, she picked up her old habit: She swiped a few pills from Zig and popped them in school.
It didn't take long before Zoe, high on prescription drugs, started hallucinating in class.
It seemed like her world was beginning to crumble. Was Zoe starting to crumble with it?
Still high on the pills, she lashed out at the reporter who spread the terrible stories.
And later on, Zig found Zoe crying in the back of the bus. She had reached the end of her rope, but Zig sat with her, comforted her, and tried to give her perspective.
Back in the courtroom, before Becky's testimony, Luke accidentally revealed something really important: At the time of the alleged assault...
When Becky heard this, she was certain that Zoe never consented. As heartbreaking as it was, Becky knew she had to tell the truth on the stand.
As things were finally starting to turn around, Zoe mustered enough strength to give her honest and moving impact statement in court.
After her statement, she thanked Zig. And gave him money to pay off the gang, and get out of dealing drugs for good.
And when the jury finally came to their decision, Luke and Neil were found...
Although Zoe was able to find justice in this heart-wrenching case, Becky's world was now turned upside down. Thanks in large part to her testimony, her brother was now convicted of sexual assault. And when Becky turned to her mom for support, she was cold. Oh, so cold.
Zoe's story sheds light on the complicated issue of sexual assault. It can happen to all kinds of people, and all-too often blame is assigned to the victim. Situations like these aren't easy to talk about, but if you or someone you know have been affected by sexual assault, there are resources available and it is never too late to get help. Tell someone you trust. You don't have to deal with this alone. Call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE or go to www.rainn.org.
What did you all think of this eventful episode? What do you think is in store for the finale? Get to talkin' in the comments!